Learn about 3D printing from Binghamton University

BINGHAMTON, NY (WIVT/WBGH) – Last Friday, SUNY Central announced a new round of systemwide funding supporting faculty-led projects that are poised for commercial success.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Binghamton University, Scott Schiffres, will be one of 8 recipients of the Technology Accelerator Fund.

Schiffres has developed a technique capable of detecting the age and quality of powders used in manufacturing with 3D printers.

He says 3D printed objects are increasingly being used across industries.

This includes their use in hip and knee implants, or to make a motor or rotor in aerospace technology.

He says that until now powdered materials had to be sent off-site to another lab to test their durability and quality.

“You really want to make sure the part is as you expect it to be, but you also want to make sure the starting material you have is what you expect it to be. In terms of not oxidizing or basically being too old, or having too much water vapor in it.

Schiffres says he started working on the new development at the start of the pandemic, and now he has a patent pending.

SUNY’s Technology Accelerator Fund will help commercialize the product in the manufacturing industry.

Schiffres, along with several of his students, and other professors at the university have been in contact with manufacturers in Germany and here in the United States to establish a buyer and get the technology off the ground.

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